IRON MAIDEN vocalist Bruce Dickinson recently spoke with France’s La Claque FNAC about IRON MAIDEN’s latest album, “Senjutsu”.
The album was recorded in back 2019 in Paris with producer Kevin Shirley and co-produced by IRON MAIDEN bassist Steve Harris.
“It’s always a big thrill when you get a new IRON MAIDEN album and it comes out,” Bruce said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). “We thought it was a great album when we made it. But it was two and a half years ago, nearly three years ago now. So we just have to pinch ourselves and go, ‘Let’s just check.’ It’s one of my favorite albums. And after 17 albums, it’s pretty cool.”
Bruce also touched on the writing and recording process for the record, saying: “I would like to say that everything was very organized, but actually, we’re not. We turn up and we sort of go, ‘Oh, has anybody got a couple of ideas?’ And Steve said, ‘I’ve got one idea. I’ve got this track ‘Senjutsu’. What do we think about having a Samurai Eddie?’ And we were, like, ‘Oh, yeah. Cool. Why haven’t we done that before?’ Because we had an Egyptian Eddie and we had a sci-fi Eddie and we had a Mayan Eddie. The album is like the picture that’s in the frame. But just because the frame is Japanese doesn’t mean every song is organized to be about Japanese themes.”
“Senjutsu” arrived on September 3 and hit No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart.